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Just and Unjust Laws: Should the Unjust Laws be Obeyed?

- "One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." Martin Luther King's words, which just correspond with the above assertion, perfectly tell us what to do in face of laws, either just or unjust. To be sure, modern laws are made to express the general will, a will that aims at the common good. This means that laws in most cases intend to protect every social member’s rights under the principle of justice and fairness....   [tags: judicial, law enforcement]

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Should Unjust Laws Be Obeyed?

- John Stuart mill wrote on liberty which basically was about freedom and that what majority says is right. Since we don’t live in a perfect world we often have laws that are unjust. Many civil activists believe that not only it is our right but it is our obligation to disobey unjust laws. The question that rises is where this freedom comes from. These civil activists believe that we have god given rights that no one can take away. Laws that unjust and interfere with our rights should not be obeyed....   [tags: freedom, disobedience, relativist]

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Thoreau, King, & Goldman on Unjust Laws

- A well founded government is one which has the consent of the people it governs. This system is used to protect its people and provide them with the necessities to prosper. But, many individuals have believed that majority of the time government should not interfere in economic and political affairs. This type of government is known as an active government which can be referred to as a “large government.” Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, Civil Rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and political anarchist Emma Goldman argue the right to break unjust laws that the government up holds for the public....   [tags: Large Government, Transcendentalists]

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Unjust Laws Threat Justice, A Letter to the President

- Unjust Laws Threat Justice Dear President Obama While I was reading an article about a death of highly respected person who was calling for gun ownership, I came into the conclusion that all laws support gun ownership are unjust. That man was one of the eminent supporters gun ownership. He was found dead from a gunshot. However, those weapons he had couldn't save his own life. Your Excellency, Let me get this straight. Our lack of gun control has led to a seemingly endless string of tragedies, multiple killings by some deranged persons and has finally reached into all places especially our schools....   [tags: gun-related suicides and homicides]

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How Should One Respond to Unjust Laws?

- The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines unjust as “characterized by injustice: Unfair.” At the same time it defines a law as “a binding custom or practice of a community.” With both definitions in mind an unjust law can be described as “a binding custom or practice of a community characterized by injustice and unfairness.” Today one can see unjust laws across the globe, many of which are overlooked by much of the world. At the same time, just laws are often enforced in an unjust manner. The fact that much of the world is corrupt is an obvious fact, however, the appropriate course of action to bring about change, is not always so easy to see....   [tags: Laws Injustice Equality Essays]

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Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

- Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher lived in 19th century, when young and feeble American society was not powerful as nowadays. His illustrious work called as “Civil disobedience” demonstrated his polar point of view towards unjust government. Objection to pay taxes, protests, follow own conscience are only some of the methods of disobeying. His main point is that any man, who treats himself as a conscience man, should differentiate laws in order to determine which law is right or wrong, and consequently no to obey that unjust law....   [tags: Conscience, Unjust Laws, Chaos]

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The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles´ Antigone

- The Corrupt Nature of Mankind in Sophocles’ Antigone Creon’s rash decisions and arrogant nature is the main problem for the corruption of mankind. The nature of mankind, as portrayed in Sophocles’ Antigone is corrupt in existence, thought, and knowledge. Creon is the main reason for this corruption. His arrogance and pride led him to make unjust laws. Creon rejected the thought of giving Polynices, the brother of Antigone and Ismene, a proper burial. Instead he left his body to rot and be scavenged by vultures....   [tags: Creon, corruption, Polynices, unjust laws]

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Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Justification of Defying Unjust Laws

- Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Justification of Defying Unjust Laws In his famous essay, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,’’ Martin Luther King, Jr. cites conscience as a guide to obeying just laws and defying unjust laws. In the same way, Henry David Thoreau wrote in his famous essay, “Civil Disobedience,” that people should do what their conscience tells them and not obey unjust laws. The positions of the two writers are very close; they use a common theme of conscience, and they use a similar rhetorical appeal of ethos....   [tags: Compare Contrast, philosophy]

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Unjust And Just Laws By Martin Luther King Jr. And Henry Thoreau

- Unjust and Just Laws What is an “unjust law”. Though described differently by many an “unjust law” could be said to be a law that is right legally and not morally. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Henry Thoreau both have dealings with the government due to their disagreement with laws that they saw as unjust. Both men were sent to jail for not complying with the laws put in place by the government. They do so however in ways that do not subtract from the overall point they are trying to prove. Though they handle their situations differently they ultimately strive for the same goal in making those who are of higher power and those who are everyday people see their wrong doings in following the...   [tags: United States, African American, Democracy]

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Civil Disobedience: Are We Morally Obliged to Obey Unjust Laws?

- Are we morally obliged to obey even unjust laws. This moral question addresses what we commonly know as civil disobedience. In order to properly discuss civil disobedience and whether or not it is moral to disobey laws, we must first characterize civil disobedience. In Peter Singer's book, Practical Ethics he begins to characterize civil disobedience as arising from "ethical disagreement" and raising the question of whether "to uphold the law, even if the law protects and sanctions things we hold utterly wrong?" (Singer 292)....   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]

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Civil Disobedience: Are We Morally Obliged to Obey Unjust Laws?

- Are we morally obliged to obey even unjust laws. This question raises the discussion of what we call civil disobedience. Elliot Zashin, author of Civil Disobedience and Democracy, defines civil disobedience as, “a knowing violation of public norm (considered binding by local authorities but which may ultimately be invalidated by the courts) as a form of protest: it is non-revolutionary, public, and nonviolent (i.e. there is no use of physical violence except self-defensively when participants are physically attacked, and no resistance to arrest if made properly and without undue force).” (Zashin, 118) One point that Carl Cohen, associate professor of philosophy at University of Michigan, th...   [tags: Civil Disobedience Essays]

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Teenage Curfew Laws Should Be Removed

- A curfew is a regulation requiring people, specifically minors, to remain indoors between specified hours. These restrictions can sometimes cause more problems between a city that enforces the curfew and a teenager that mistakenly breaks it. A recent lawsuit has been filed against the city of Wanaque, New Jersey. The lawsuit says Shaina Harris, a 16-year old Wanaque resident, left her home on Lake Drive on the night of September 22, 2013 with her mother's permission. She then walked an estimated, 200 feet, to buy a milkshake at Burger King on a nearby street....   [tags: they are unjust and ineffective]

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The Constant Fight for Just Laws

- Many people believe laws are in place to protect them from danger and each other. Thus inferring they take some sort of control over people's actions. Laws are in place by our government (authority) to control a group of people living in a area together (community) (merriam-webster). These laws should not be broken or a penalty fitting the crime will be given, and those responsible will be sentenced to pay. Although not all laws that are broken are meant to be an act of defilement some are broken to show one's stand on a issue or as solidarity to others....   [tags: laws, justice, ]

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According to Socrates, Should you Obey an Unjust Law?

- Convicted For Living. Do we have an obligation to obey any law, no matter how unjust or evil, provided only that it is in fact a valid rule of the legal system in which we happen to be physically located. In the following composition, I am going to examine the answer to this question in accordance to what Socrates believes. The best way to understand this almost “WWSD” (What Would Socrates Do) approach is by looking at Socrates' actions in the three Platonic dialogues we have read. These dialogues bring forth three possible bases for why Socrates believes one should obey the law....   [tags: socrates, unjust law, obeying]

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Ag-Gag Laws in Iowa

- From generation to generation, man has been taught that laws are in place to help society not to harm it, but the recent laws that have been passed in states such as Iowa are doing just the opposite. In past few years, undercover investigations have revealed inhumane and unhealthy actions going on in meat processing facilities. Those investigations though were not done by government agencies, but charitable organizations whose purpose is to fight for the rights of animals. When the government agencies do investigate as Peter Singer and Jim Mason brought up in “Meat and Milk Factories,” the investigators are not always able to enforce the policies enacted by the agencies....   [tags: animal processing plants, corruption, laws]

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Morality of Disobeying Laws

-      In the articles of “Crito,” by Plato, and “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” by Martin Luther King, Jr., two writers make a case over whether it is moral or not to disobey laws. The question to be answered in our final paper asks whether we agree with what the Laws say about if Socrates was to escape and why we feel that way. It also asks how we think Martin Luther King would have responded to the judgment of the Laws of Athens. In this paper, I will address these questions as well as do a quick overview of each article....   [tags: Plato Crito Philosophy Laws Essays]

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Our Unjust Walk Towards the Beacon of Light

- “Any law that degrades human personality is unjust”, was written by Martin Luther King Jr in his Letter From Birmingham Jail.(Martin Luther King Jr 196-214) He is speaking about segregation laws in the united states during the 1960s. As a person extremely interested in law and the injustice the US legal system has on citizens I found this quote extremely insightful and true for today’s society. Though racism and segregation amongst African Americans have diminished it still exists in other groups....   [tags: Homosexuality ]

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The Life Of A Unjust Person

- ... These could be the reason why the life an unjust is better then just. Unjust people in this world take advantage of the weaker. They take advantage of them to build a reputation for themselves. The desire to live a luxurious life, respect, and honor in a “civil” society. The unjust people will not be living with any type of social “ideology” rather they will be focused on making money for themselves. Therefore, if we examine a life of a just person, his lifestyle would be horrific. That particular person would be poor and will be lacking value in society....   [tags: Religion, Political philosophy, Government]

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Pericles And Aristophanes : Unjust Speech

- ... In addition, for the Athenian’s, democracy is the core value of their lives because it represents their way of living. Everyone is equal under the law and their social ranking does not matter in political affairs. Pericles’s ideal on who gets to speak is based on the ability of a person that is interested in politics and is willing to make time for it. Pericles endorses, “ Here each individual is interested not only in his own affairs but in the affairs of the state as well: even those who are mostly occupied with their own business are extremely well informed on general politics,” (Pericles 147)....   [tags: Plato, Democracy, Socrates, Athenian democracy]

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Discrimination Is A Issue Of Unjust Treatment

- Discrimination was and always will be an issue in the world we live in. Ever since humans became to exist there was always an issue of unjust treatment. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Discrimination is a hot topic right now in the United States of America due to Caucasian cops shooting African American victims. There were riots in Baltimore and protests in Chicago that have taken front headlines of the news....   [tags: Racism, Race, Discrimination, African American]

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The Unjust Society By Harold Cardinal

- ... Trust is a value that First Nations peoples take very seriously. Their ceremonies, laws and treaties have shown just how important trust and honesty is. They use wampum beads as a reminder that a treaty was made and that a promise must be kept. Canada, however, did not react in kind. The white paper is a prime example of this mistrust. For the first time in Canadian history, Indian chiefs were consulted before a bill was to be passed; however, the bill the government proposed was the white paper....   [tags: First Nations, Aboriginal peoples in Canada]

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Capital Punishment Is Unfair And Unjust

- In 1968 the United States had 517 people waiting on Death Row. Today there are over 3000 Death Row inmates awaiting execution. Twenty-eight of our 50 states support the death penalty including Texas, California and Florida. Capital Punishment is often a hot topic and used as a political platform for many politicians including past presidents. In Steven W. Hawkins article "Capital Punishment is Applied Unfairly" it gives the reader many reasons and statistics as to why Capital Punishment is unfair and unjust....   [tags: Capital punishment, Death row, Ku Klux Klan]

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The Death Penalty Is Unjust

- ... That we will not torture even those who have earned it by their crimes convey the message about the awfulness of torture, namely, that it is something that civilized people will not do even to give evil people their just deserts.” (Reiman, 507) Reiman believes you can still give out a justly punishment without executing the criminal no matter what they did. He believes this because execution just like torture is cruel due to the psychological and or physical pain. Reiman believes the criminal justice system has a role in making the society better as he states in this quote, “To see this, note first that it has long been acknowledged that the state, and particularly the criminal justice s...   [tags: Capital punishment, Crime, Prison, Murder]

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America's Unjust Drug War

- The argument over drug reform and the current prohibition has been going on for years. It seems to be an argument between a wise parent and a young teenager, but as generations change more and more of the parents seem to switch sides. While prohibitionists say the mainstream drugs like cocaine, heroin, LSD, and marijuana are harmful and immoral, legalizers argue the opposite (Rachels 223). While they are both valid and interesting arguments the drugs named above still remain illegal. Many organizations and respected citizens have come to America’s attention in their support for drug reform or complete legalization of certain drugs....   [tags: Drugs]

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The Laws are killing the Right to Die

- Is breaking an unjust law justified or punishable. Unjust laws cause people to rebel because they go against their beliefs. In the play Antigone by Sophocles, Antigone goes against the law to help her family member. The pressures of society cause Antigone and modern day physicians to go against the laws and take action on events that no one else is going to act upon because they do not have the courage to do so. Patients suffering from a terminally ill disease that give their consent to the doctor, give the right to their doctor to euthanize them....   [tags: Breaking the Law, Justifiable, Punishable]

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The History of the Antitrust Laws

- In the 1800’s there were several businesses known as trusts. These “trusts” owned the entire industry. Railroads, sugar, oil, and steel were some of the major products that were controlled by these trusts. U.S. Steel and Standard Oil were two big companies that were famous for controlling their product and the industry it was a part of. The oil industry was an easy industry to be monopolized because the deposits were rare. The Standard Oil Company was incorporated by John D. Rockefeller in Ohio in 1870....   [tags: U.S. Law]

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The Unjustice of Motorcycle Gang Laws

- We are finally addressing the topic that has been on your minds for a long time. Bikies. Is the law still giving everyone the right to a fair legal process and a fair trial or have they bent the rules when it comes to motorcycle gangs or groups. There are three arguments that prove these new laws are unjust. I would like to bring your attention to the fact that a longer sentence is given to the accused only because they are part of an organization. The next point is that what the rights state are interpreted differently by the police and citizens....   [tags: bikies, arrest, holding]

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Employment Law And Employment Laws

- ... Increasing minimum wage will require business to pay nearly forty percent more towards wages than they currently are. Business would lose a large profit if their product prices remain the same. If employee wages rise, so will the prices on the goods that United States citizens buy every day. The minimum wage laws vary from state-to-state. Alabama, for example, is one of the many states that have chosen not to set a minimum wage rate. When a state chooses not to set a minimum wage rate for its employees, the state automatically has to follow the federal government regulations of $7.25/hour....   [tags: Employment, United States, Minimum wage]

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Hobbe's Laws of Nature

- Based upon the assigned segment of Thomas Hobbes’ The Leviathan, I find that it contrasts very strongly with my own perception of humanity and our motivations. I consider his conclusions to be both ignorant and uninformed (ironic, considering I’ve only ever read one segment of his works…) at least in regard to human nature. Hobbes takes the position that in a “state of nature” there are no laws and as such the concept of justice and injustice is null, because there is no law to violate or enforce....   [tags: Ethics]

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The Unjust Deportation of Cambodian Refugees

- The Unjust Deportation of Cambodian Refugees A policy that has made it possible for the deportation of refugees back to their homeland has already affected 1,400 Cambodians. As a result of the Illegal Immigration and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, non-citizens of the United States who have been convicted of certain crimes are being targeted for deportation. The U.S. Committee for Refugees states that this harsh law has made it easy for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S....   [tags: Argument Argumentative Persuasive]

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Unjust and Corrupt Practices in South African Government

- Unjust and Corrupt practices in South African Government Africa is a continent rich human and natural resources, yet a majority of its people is impoverished (Carr). South Africa, later called the Republic of South Africa, is a country where the people repeatedly experienced injustice and corruption from their government, the apartheid and the African National Congress. The South African people suffered from injustice and corruption in both white and black governments. The apartheid system consists of all-white government officials, while the African National Congress consists of people of color....   [tags: lack of foreign investment, creation of the ANC]

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The Unjust Execution Of Socrates

- The Unjust Execution of Socrates In the vortex of life, many evils have transpired. Vices such as plagues, unforeseen deaths, and corruptness. Among the tragic acts of malefic proportion was the death of the Greek philosopher, Socrates. He tried to prove and invalidate many theories through reasoning, and he was murdered for his beliefs. His execution was not justified because the charges that were brought against him were false and unfounded. The fist crime that Socrates was charged with was that of impiety....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Unjust System of New England Puritan Court System

- ... (S G) I doe not hurt them. I scorn it. (H) Who doe you imploy then to doe it. (S G) No creature but I am falsely accused” (Linder This shows a trait in Hawthorne's prosecution style where he always started his examination with assume guilt, as opposed to innocence. He also seemed to be on the accuser’s side (Salem Witch Trials 1). In Puritan New England, judicial and normal practices were centered around religion. Laws were extreme and often would relate to religion. Many examples of this are present in the Massachusetts Body of Liberties which was a set of laws that governed New England....   [tags: religion, punishment, cruel]

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A Prisoner 's Fundamental Rights Is Unconstitutional, Unjust, And Immoral

- ... As I stated before, I agree with the court decision and believe that even prisoners are entitled to fundamental rights. Question 2 An executive order is a demand given by the president or state governor without involvement, or authority from the legislative and judicial branches. This basically mean that the president can issue an executive order for anything he believe is serious without the involvement of anyone. Many people fear that this system will replace the traditional system where congress make the laws, courts interpret the law, and the president enforces the law....   [tags: Supreme Court of the United States, Law]

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Fair and Unjust Wages During The Victorian Period

- "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work" (Carlyle). Thomas Carlyle once said this quote during the Victorian period. The quote refers to how one should have the ability to receive, in return, what they put forth. Therefore, if a person works all day, then that person should be able to receive enough money to be able to live comfortably. However, that is not the case. There are many people in this world that live pay check to pay check, if they are lucky. This is a distinct problem that has been going on for many years, along with the gender wage gap....   [tags: women, pop leo XIII, discrimination]

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Obey the Laws of God, Not the Laws of Man

- Obey the Laws of God, Not the Laws of Man On Monday, April 11th 2011, France became the first country to put into force a law that bans Muslim women wearing the Burqa in any public setting. Not only did this ban create a global debate, a domino effect on other countries to put forth the same law, but also creating tension among French Muslims and their citizens (Ulusoy). The Quran asks believing women to cover although Muslim women interpret covering their bodies in different ways. The Burqa covers the entire face and body and has netting surrounding the eyes....   [tags: muslim ban, burqa, religious freedom]

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The World Is Based From Two Types Of Laws

- ... In my opinion zoning law is a very unjust law. People spend millions of dollars to purchase their houses, apartments and lands and government regulates them. In other words, government tells the landowner of how the land could be used, which directly violates the private property right of people. If certain entities tell the landowner of how he could use his land, then the land does not belong to the owner. Zoning law destroys many neighborhoods and requires people to leave their personal properties....   [tags: Law, United States, Property]

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Prison Overcrowiding and the Laws that Made Them that Way

- One of the major reasons that prisons have overcrowded is that crime control strategies and legislative changes have meant longer sentencing (Mcshane, 2008). A study in 2006 showed the change in the State and Federal prison population from 1990 to 2005. In 1990 there was a total of 773,124 inmates. In 2005, that number increased to 2,186,230 (Harrison & Beck, 2006). The three- strikes laws has a great impact on the overpopulation of our prison systems because it means more life sentencing with a lesser possibility of parole for most offenders....   [tags: three-strikes law, crime control strategies]

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The Gun Laws And The National Rifle Association ( N.r )

- One of the most widely talked about topics of debate in America is gun law; it pervades every election, is extensively discussed surrounding mass shootings and unjust murders, and seems to be split right down the middle with conservatives as anti-gun laws and liberals as pro-gun laws. Jill Lepore, in her article “Battlegound America” (2012), uses history and statistics to help us follow the development of the National Rifle Association (N.R.A) since it’s establishment, and how it has affected gun laws (or lack thereof) over the years using money and political influence....   [tags: Firearm, Gun politics in the United States]

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Critical Analysis of Crito

- “Crito” is a discussion between Socrates and his rich fellow Crito that took place in a cell of jail while Socrates was awaiting his execution. Crito was there to persuade Socrates for an escape from a jail and the discussion focused on deciding whether Socrates should escape the jail or not. Socrates used his traditional style of questioning and logic to conclude that it is unjust to escape from the jail and he has to follow the order by the law. Socrates reached his conclusion based on the following premises....   [tags: jail, unjust, agreements]

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Oppressing the LGBT Communities

- Oppression is “the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel or unjust manner” (Oppression). Oppression not only wrong but it is unjust. Every person is different; to treat somebody wrongly simply because they are different is cruel. Oppression has been seen throughout all of history and will surely be seen in the future. Races, Social Class, Gender or Sexual preferences are all commonly oppressed (Carbone). Oppression is never just and is always unfair, the world needs to realize the horrific truth about oppression and there is lots of work that needs to take place for oppression to be resolved....   [tags: authority, power, unjust, propaganda]

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Are Laws Essential to Human Happiness?

- Laws are vital to human happiness because they are the guide of life, and knowing what you ought to do and what is expected of you. Laws can be the perfect escort to the world but they are times in which laws should be broken, and it becomes the person’s choice to know if they go with what the law is saying or not. That is why there is wonderful people who exceed human morals, they made the choice of following the laws or having their own voice against something they do not believe in. Laws are what helps order the world....   [tags: guide, life, morals, society, functions]

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Tax Law And Tax Laws

- ... A tax law in the Legislative Branch begins in the House of Representatives and is incorporated in a bill (Anderson et al., 2010). The bill is then distributed and voted on. The bill then ends up with the Senate (Anderson et al., 2010). If the Senate approves the bill, its final stop is at the President’s desk for the President’s signature (Anderson et al., 2010). If approved by the president, it becomes public law (Anderson et al., 2010). Moreover, the Treasury Department creates rules and regulations made by the Internal Revenue Service....   [tags: Taxation in the United States]

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The Black Of Black Laws

- they thought was their own country. Through enacting the black laws they had built against the black race. They demonstrated the racism that still existed. The black laws were based on “a general belief that each ethnic and racial group had its own inherent spirit that set it apart from others” (Hine 172). Black laws demanded the requirements “that African Americans entering the state produce legal evidence that they were free, register with a county clerk, and post a five hundred bond” (Hine 173)....   [tags: Black people, Slavery, Race, African American]

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Rawls and King on Civil Disobedience

- In the Theory of Justice by John Rawls, he defines civil disobedience,” I shall begin by defining civil disobedience as a public, nonviolent, conscientious yet political act contrary to law usually done with the aim of bringing about a change in the law or policies of the government”. Rawls is saying civil disobedience is the refusal to obey certain laws; which are usually motivated by a need to change the policies and laws held by the government and state. Civil disobedient actions require publicity, nonviolence and conscientious breach made to the law they are trying to take down....   [tags: refusal to obey certain laws]

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Parameters for Civil Disobedience

- ... Every party has a different opinion and pushes through their own set of laws when the leader of that party steps in. Having to agree with the laws that are set out is not mandatory because we live in a free country. On the other hand by implementing a government we give up our natural rights so now we are obliged to obey the laws. The only situation we can be disobedient is when there is clear injustice to someone.When we feel there has been someone who has been wrongfully accused or has been forced under a certain law that diminishes their authority....   [tags: morals, laws, injustice]

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Letter From Birmingham Jail, by Martin Luther King Jr.

- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one of many great influential speakers wrote a life changing letter after being arrested for peacefully protesting African American rights. While sitting in jail Dr. King received a letter from clergymen questioning his motives and timings for being in Birmingham. In a response Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. writes a “Letter from Birmingham Jail” vividly expressing physical and emotional purposes for his presence in Birmingham, AL. First, in the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Dr....   [tags: Purpose, Racism, Laws]

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Politics and Apartheid in South Africa

- Politics and Apartheid Bloodshot eyes and skin stretched over bones, these people were living skeletons. These people can attribute their misfortune due to the state of politics in South Africa, which was prejudice against dark skinned people ran as rampant as disease and poverty. Due to politics working against dark-skinned people beginning three years after South Africa gained its independence, apartheid was established and fought for by racists and fought by activists until it was ended in 1991....   [tags: discrimintation, skin, laws]

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Interpretation of Laws

- Interpretation of Laws In law there are three different ways that the laws set can be interpreted. To show how they could be interpreted, three rules were set to go by, these being the literal rule, the golden rule and the mischief rule. The main dominant rule is the literal rule. This follows the law to the word doing exactly what the law says it to. An example of the literal rule is that it respects parliamentary sovereignty. A big disadvantage though is that by sticking to the original meaning this can sometimes lead to absurdities and unjust solutions for example Whitley v Chapell (1868)....   [tags: Papers]

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Congress Must have Term Limits

- The longest serving member of Congress is Robert C. Byrd. He joined on January 3, 1959 and left office on June 28, 2010, he is the longest serving member of congress for serving 51 years 5 months and 26 days. He is one of many who have served over 25 years in Congress. The president has a term limit because we don’t want the same person to be able to control the United States because then nothing will change and we will only get the views of that one person. But in Congress you are allowed to run as many times as you want and if you keep winning you can stay in for life....   [tags: president, laws, serve]

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The Laws of a Country can be Found in Its Constitution

- The law of any country defines the acceptable behavior of people that is set out by the government of the country. Every country has its own sets of laws that run the country. Laws are the rules and regulations of the country that are set out by the government so that everyone of that country has an idea of what is the appropriate way of living so that conflicts are avoided between people and the state. The laws of a country can be found in legislations and constitutions. The laws are set out to control and to govern a society so that there is social control in a country....   [tags: regulations, government, legal system]

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Unwanted Laws in San Diego

- The San Diego politicians are waging a War of Intolerance and you are the victims. They have passed laws that outlaw skate boarding, dancing, and even cruising. And there is no end in sight. There latest law of intolerance is the San Diego Juvenile curfew. The teen curfew forbids people under 18 from being out past 10 pm. In June of 1997, that curfew was ruled unconstitutional by a Federal Court. So what did the City Council do. They simply revised the curfew by adding some narrow exceptions. 20 days later we started to fight back....   [tags: persuassive essay]

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Justice Is An Action When Requirements Of Our Laws Are Broken

- Final In a broad sense, justice is an action when requirements of our laws are broken. Some people believe that God creates commandments for justice , but others believe that justice is given through nature itself. However, there is still the belief that justice consists of rules common to all humanity. This type of justice is considered greater than any societal legal system. When it comes to matters of justice, neutrality will become void in that people cannot hold true neutral principle unless there is an absence of gain, and a state is not necessary except in matters of mediation and controlling of a situation ....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Moral, Law]

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Being Morally Justified in Disobeying Laws We Consider to be Immoral

- Being Morally Justified in Disobeying Laws We Consider to be Immoral The answer to this question depends very much on our understanding and opinion on the status of the law. On this issue it is likely that everyone falls into one of two broad categories. People falling into the first of these categories would be those who consider that through social contract we are obliged to obey the law, whatever the law states and regardless of our opinion on the moral status of that law and that we are morally obliged to operate within the law....   [tags: Papers]

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The Unjust Acts Had A Negative Impact On The Colonists

- Thesis The Intolerable Acts had a more negative impact on the colonists than the Stamp Act, because they were what ultimately led to the Revolutionary war. Question 1 The British Parliament passed The Stamp Act on March 22, 1765. It was a new tax forced on all American Colonists, and it demanded that they pay a tax on every piece of paper they used. “The actual cost of the Stamp Act was relatively small. What made the law so offensive to the colonists was not so much its immediate cost but the standard it seemed to set” (   [tags: American Revolution, United Kingdom]

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We Must Stop Unjust Treatment Of Society

- ... He told the cops that he wanted to provoke a race war. Not once have I heard them mentioned Dylan Roof as being a terrorist even though he admitted that he thought there was a “white genocide” which is the reason why he choose to kill those innocent people. The police didn’t shut everything done nor did they make everyone stay home. The arrested officers even bought him a burger after his arrest. He got treated differently from the Tsarnaev brothers because of his ethnicity. After that incident, five predominantly black Southern churches burned down within a week from the crime Dylann Roof committed....   [tags: African American, Black people, White people]

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Hammurabis Code of Laws

- Hammurabi was the sixth king of the first Amorite dynasty of Babylon. He supposedly ruled from 1792-1750 BC. During his rule, he wrote a code of law, which was the first to be translated from cuneiform. The code was written on several stone tablets so that all people could see them. It had a prologue, an epilogue, and 282 articles, and included rights for women, even though they didn’t have as many rights as men did. Hammurabi’s code was based on the saying ‘an eye for an eye’. This means that the retribution for the crime would roughly fit the severity of the crime....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Rape Shield Laws

- Rape Shield Laws Facing with much criticism from women’s group with the legal definitions of rape and how rape cases are being processed in the legal system, the government is forced to pass a Rape Law reform in the 1970s. Rape law reform urging courts to treat rape case the same as other crimes, rape law reforms modified traditional rape laws and ratified evidentiary reforms in every state in the United States. The most common and widespread changes occurred in three areas....   [tags: Papers]

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Surpasing Laws for one own right

- Our society is an ever-growing community of law breakers, not to condemn themselves morally, but to stress what they believe to be just, and correct. Just as Martin Luther King Stepped in front of our nation and broke several laws, he did so in order to express his passionate belief of our constitution that "all men are created equal." Unfortunately, to this days we have trouble to fully synthesize are laws with our constitution, which has lead to several rules being broken, for a right cause....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Henry David Thoreau and the Patriot Act

- Henry David Thoreau questioned how an unjust law should be handled, should it just be followed, should action be taken to fix the law while still obeying it, or should it just be transgressed completely. The idea that one of these answers is correct is a fallacy, and a bad assumption. The answer depends on the situation at hand. Any law that tramples on the rites of a person or a group of people is a law that should be ignored and protested and actively broken. On the other hand a law that just lacks sense; is one that we could just live with or push to have fixed....   [tags: Henry David Thoreau, laws, Patriot Act, ]

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Analysis of the Brown v Board of Education Case

- It is imperative to note that the case of Brown v Board of Education is based on a chronological history of the fight towards realization of human rights in the United States. This essay shall begin by discussing the history chronologically and accessing it whilst the essay goes along. It is clear that even though the United States constitution guaranteed equal rights to all men, the issue of slavery prevailed under violation of other human rights. It was only after the Civil War that slave trade was considered unlawful....   [tags: equal rights, slavery, jim crow laws]

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The United States Should Abolish Stand Your Ground Laws

- “Daddy, am I next?” were the first words heard by Nathan Scovens (Preacher at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church) from his twelve year old son after the not-guilty verdict of George Zimmerman was delivered to world (Scherer, et al). George Zimmerman a white adult male who shot and killed an unarmed black teen. Trayvon Martin (teen) was simply walking home from a convenience store, in a predominantly white neighborhood when Zimmerman approached him. Trayvon Martin fell at the hands of George Zimmerman, after an altercation....   [tags: Law, Police, KILL, Plato]

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Are United States Business Laws Effective at Promoting Fair Business Practices

- ... On September 26, 1914 the Federal Trade Commission was created by President Woodrow Wilson to encourage and enforce fair trade practices as well as halt deceptive advertising and pricing. The Robinson Patman Act of 1936 enforced unfair price discrimination and the Celler-Kefauver Act of 1950 reformed prior legislation loopholes in the Clayton and Sherman Anti-Trust Acts, to prevent corporate mergers that limited competition. The long history of the United States government’s involvement with business practices and standards has set the foundation for the world’s strongest and most envied economy....   [tags: products, economy, federal reserve]

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Marijuana Users: Victims of Social Stigmatization and Unjust Penalties

- The Ninth Amendment of the United States Constitution states, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” Simply put, this means that, although limited in its scope of rights and privileges, any particular right, even if not mentioned specifically in the Constitution, cannot be taken away from the American people. Yet, the chosen lifestyles of one particular group of people are violated almost every day: marijuana smokers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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What was Jim Crow and What Were Some of the Strategies Used to Defeat It?

- The common misconception of Jim Crow that people have is that it refers only to the laws of segregation that were in place before the Civil Rights Movement, but that is only a fraction of what that term really means. Jim Crow was the time of extreme racism towards black Americans, the segregation of white and black people, and the mainly Southern mindset that blacks were not of equal status to whites. In order to beat that time, black Americans had various strategies for the Civil Rights Movement....   [tags: segregation laws, civil rights]

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Personal and Social Struggles in The Crucible by Arthur Miller

- Although a strict society composed of high morality and disciplinary laws may be necessary for safety, it causes internal conflicts within the individuals. In The Crucible, by Arthur Miller a theocracy in Salem rules and guides the citizens into doing what is “right”, but eventually backfires due to issues of reputation and jealousy. Society has a lot of influence on the citizens, and with a bad reputation, it is nearly impossible to live in a Puritan society. Salem’s strict Puritanical social structure causes personal struggles for the individuals involved in the events of The Crucible, and then eventually these personal struggles affect the society overall....   [tags: high morality, disciplinary laws]

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What Makes a Political Authority Legitimate?

- What makes a political authority legitimate. A legitimate political authority, in this essay, will be taken to mean that there is a justification for an individual or a body to have power over other people in determining such things as laws and protection of freedom. To consider this question, three theories shall be looked at – Hobbes’, Rousseau and finally Locke and determine which gives the most persuasive account of legitimate political authority. To begin with, their hypothetical starting point, the state of nature, shall be discussed to establish the foundations of their political authority....   [tags: power, laws, protection of freedom]

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Foundations of a Just Society

- "In justice every virtue is summed up" (Aristotle 114). Upon the founding of a community, leaders often want to reach an ideal just society. In order to reach this state of justice, they set forth principles to guide and shape the newly-founded civilization. Unfortunately, the correct values are frequently either misused or not put into practice. This can lead to a decline in a community, where the people never reach a point of true justice. Therefore, a just society must have its foundations in solid beliefs....   [tags: laws, regulations, gospel, jesus]

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Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Delinquency

- How would you feel if the police arrested kids all over our country to jail for just crossing the street the wrong way or pushing another kid on the playground. That is what is happening to many underage juvenile all over the United States; they are being sent to adult prisons for crimes that do not deserve such severe punishments. Why they were tried as adults is an enigma and we will explain why this is a terrible injustice. In 1899 children in between the ages of 7-14 were believed they were incapable of committing criminal intent....   [tags: Crime, Juveniles, Laws]

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The Drug Policy in the United States

- The U.S. Drug Policy is based on a substance that can either be harmful to others or effect a certain racial group. The rate of overall drug use in America has dropped by roughly one-third over the past three decades. Since 2006, meth use in America has been cut by half and cocaine use has dropped by nearly 40 percent. In Fiscal Year 2012, the U.S. Federal Government spent $10.1 billion on drug prevention and treatment vs. $9.4 billion on domestic law enforcement and incarceration, $3.6 billion on interdiction, and $2.1 billion on international drug control programs....   [tags: change marijuana laws, offer treatment]

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The American Revolution Was NOT Justified

- Any historical event with-world changing consequences will always have two sides to the story. What most Americans refer to today as the American Revolution is no different. As Americans, most of us view eighteenth-century England as a tyrannical power across the ocean, and see men like George Washington as heroes who fought against the oppressor....   [tags: America's Unjust Revolution]

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The American Revolution Was NOT Justified

- The American Revolution should never have happened. The British were not tyrannical, oppressive rulers although the American colonies perceived them to be so. The American colonists misperceptions led to revolution and independence. Although Great Britain emerged victorious in the Seven Years War, it left Great Britain with significant debt. The British looked to America to help it. First the British began enforcing existing laws like the Navigation Acts, which put limits on colonial imports and exports....   [tags: America's Unjust Revolution]

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Laws of the City-State vs. Higher Law as Seen in Antigone

- Laws of the City-State vs. Higher Law as Seen in Antigone In Ancient Greece, after 800 bc., new ideas came to the forefront concerning the governing of society. These ideas led to a more organized leadership and a government whose decisions were primarily based on majority rule. This system took the form of city-states, large self-governing towns. These city-states were founded on principals of "freedom, optimism, secularism, rationalism,…[and] the glorification of body and mind". Accompanying these principals was an obligation of fierce loyalty to the city-state and a willingness to shed blood for its betterment....   [tags: Papers]

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Civil Disobedience

- Civil Disobedience Works Cited Not Included I believe that civil disobedience is justified as a method of trying to change the law. I think that civil disobedience is an expression of one's viewpoints. If someone is willing to break a law for what they believe in, more power to them. Civil disobedience is defined as, "the refusal to obey the demands or commands of a government or occupying power, without resorting to violence or active measures of opposition" (Webster's Dictionary). This refusal usually takes the form of passive resistance....   [tags: Papers Thoreau Laws Morals Essays]

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Racial Controversy During The Civil Rights Movement

- ... While the result of the movement was successful, the process to obtain these rights was long and came with strong opposition. Baldy 's cartoon exposes the discrimination relevant to this period in an obvious fashion. Through his use of satire, readers can easily witness intolerable acts against African Americans and as a result change their perspective on white societies. Irony, a key ingredient of satire, is incorporated in the title of the work, "Naw. It 's force legislation an ' I hate force!" Audiences observing the image can infer the quote to be spoken from a southern white man, due to its "redneck" dialect....   [tags: Jim Crow laws, African American, Black people]

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Narrative Of Accounts Of The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

- As Rebecca Scoot transport her readers in her narrative of accounts of the Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks, she delicately uncovers injustice not within one family but within a system. As she focuses in giving a voice to the Lacks, she also highlights the strength and leadership of the family matriarch of Henrietta Lacks and her cell know as HELA. Envisioning Mrs. Lacks and her family trajectory it exposes discrimination and bias on a much large scale than poorly uneducated oppress Negro or African American during 1950’s....   [tags: African American, Negro, Jim Crow laws]

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Prison for Minors

- “Prison is no place for anybody to start off at. This is where everybody ends up and they end up being a loser in life. This is where the ball game begins and only the tough survive” (“Prison”). There are approximately 2,500 prisoners serving life without parole sentences for homicide committed when they were under the age 18. More than 2,000 of them received that sentence as a result of a mandatory sentencing scheme (“US”). State laws call for a mandatory sentence of life without parole for those convicted of a felony murder....   [tags: state laws, mandatory sentences, life sentences]

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Recognition of Same Sex Marriage

- Oliver and Erik were born and raised in a small town in Denmark. Friends since grade school, Oliver and Erik did everything together and continued to remain extremely close throughout high school and college. Oliver and Erik decided to profess their love for each other and began a relationship. As their relationship progressed, Oliver and Erik wanted to take the next step. Denmark has allowed same-sex civil unions since the 1980s, but same-sex marriage was illegal; although couples engaged in same-sex civil unions received nearly all of the same benefits and obligations of opposite-sex marriages....   [tags: Marriage, Laws, Legality, Homosexuals]

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The Civil Rights Movement

- ... He let it be understood that what many of them had to put up with was extremely unjust. He once said “The American Negro, acting with impressive restraint, has peacefully protested and marched, entered the courtrooms and the seats of government, demanding a justice that has long been denied” showing his deep respect and a profound admiration for the patience and self restraint shown by black protestors, especially when their white accusers were less than human in their actions. He also understood that his actions could only extend peace so far, and there would be irreparable damage....   [tags: president johnson, laws]

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Unwarranted Atomic Catastrophe

- ... Thus the US was entirely safe from any attack this brings the point of terrorism. Since there was no direct war, nor was there any immediate threat to the US, the dropping of the Atomic bombs was highly unjustified. In a book that includes excerpts of different personal journal entries of Atomic bomb survivors, Masuji Ibuse’s Black Rain includes a journal entry written by an anonymous old man who defines the obvious impotence of Japan launching an offensive attack: “The home guard who were carrying around their bamboo spears in case of invasion, put those spears down after the Emperor's announcement on the radio that the war was over - NOT because of the bombing 9 days earlier.” (Masuji...   [tags: hiroshima, nagasaki, international laws]

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